The Estonian railway company is currently competing with Latvian Railways to move a volume of 30,000-50,000 tons of coal from Russia and Kazakhstan on a monthly basis. But in order to do that, the company must adjust its prices.
In June, Eesti Raudtee agreed to a request by Estonian state-owned freight carrier Operail to lower its infrastructure usage fee for coal to €6-7 per ton to match Latvia's rates.
International sanctions against Russia have reduced the volume of railway cargo transitting Estonia by 60%.
The cheaper rate remains tentative. Eesti Raudtee currently estimates the coal transit from Kazakhstan to bring a yield of €30,000 per 30,000 tons of coal. Estonia has two terminals with the capacity for handling coal -- one in Muuga that has handled up to 50,000 a month in the past and a smaller terminal in Sillamäe.